New Delhi: On a pleasantly sunny afternoon at the Kazan Arena in Russia on Wednesday, defending champions Germany bowed out of FIFA World Cup 2018 after South Korea defeated them 2-0. The four-time World Champions, who had come to Russia as holders of 2014 edition, crashed out of the group stage for the first time in 80 years. Mexico capitalised on their failure to advance despite a 0-3 defeat to Sweden on the same afternoon. Fans were left ‘speechless’ after the news that left football word in utter bewilderment, but fanboy and former cricketer Sahid Afridi posted a heartwarming message for Germany despite being disappointed himself.
Germany had failed against Mexico in their opener, but Toni Kroos kept them alive in the tournament after their win against Sweden. Germany needed a win to proceed, but with a margin more than that of Sweden, if they manage to bag a victory against Mexico. However, heading into the injury time, Germany were far away from mere qualification for the round of 16 for Sweden had netted three behind Mexico. And things turned worse for the holders.
In the first minute of injury time, VAR referral announced Kim Young-Gwon’s goal against Germany. The team now looked desperate enough to at least get one back and thus as usual Manuel Neuer went up to support his team. the result of it saw skipper Son Heung-Min netting the ball into the empty net to make it 2-0 against Germany.
“Champions never lose, bro. They just take a break and come back stronger next time. But disappointed about Germany loss like all fans.Congrats to the Koreans for playing bravely!” tweeted former Pakistan cricket team captain Afridi after Germany’s 0-2 defeat to South Korea on Wednesday.
Champions never lose, bro. They just take a break and come back stronger next time. But disappointed about Germany loss like all fans.Congrats to the Koreans for playing bravely! https://t.co/U8FEpm98iM
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 27, 2018
Despite the humiliating defeat, Loew reckons that Germany can still make a comeback in the footballing world and their future holds bright. “Until quite recently we were probably the most constant in terms of performance in the past 10, 12 years. We were always in the final four for a long period, including the 2014 and 2017 wins in the World Cup and the Confederations Cup.
“This is a case of absolute sadness and disappointment. We have young players who are very talented and still have the potential to go forward. This has happened to other nations before. We just have to draw the right conclusions.”